“That’s a walk in the park!” Most of us are familiar with this expression which is used to describe something that is very easy to do. Ironically, a walk to a park may actually not be a walk in the park for a variety of reasons. For example, there may not be a park within walking distance (typically defined as a half-mile) from one’s home. There may also be physical and social barriers that often make walking to parks challenging and undesirable, such as a lack of infrastructure like sidewalks and crosswalks, traffic safety concerns like speeding vehicles, and crime issue like the presence of gangs. Continue Reading A Walk to the Park
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A fresh pulpo (octopus) tostada is exotic enough to take anyone’s palette on a journey. I recently had the opportunity to join a group of 15 young land use professionals from San Diego for a day of discovery and delight in our sister city, Tijuana, Mexico, on a hot, dry August afternoon. It begins with the new pedestrian crossing in San Ysidro, which is as sterile and contrasting to the vibrant life beyond as it gets. The long walk down the crossing feels like a transformation, one that is deeply experiential. Once on ‘the other side’, it is clear that a revitalization is underway. There dust in the air from all the construction, as a new wave of entrepreneurs look to transform this young city through creative mixed-use projects, design and cuisine.Continue Reading Three great things happening now in downtown Tijuana, Baja California
Density is often referred to as the “D-Word” in urban planning and development circles because it can be so controversial and misunderstood. Continue Reading Talking about the D-Word: Density in Los Angeles
What do baseball, hotdogs, and urban planning have in common? Well, these three words essentially summarize my experience last Wednesday when I attended Urban Land Institute Los Angeles (ULI-LA)’s Membership Social at Dodger Stadium. Continue Reading Baseball, Hotdogs, and Urban Planning
In deciding where to live, most parents typically consider the quality and proximity of amenities like schools and parks in the neighborhood. But what about hospitals – how important is it to have a good hospital near one’s home? In their book The City Parent Handbook , authors Kathy Bishop and Julia Whitehead explain why hospitals with pediatric emergency departments are absolutely critical and tell parents that they must know where the closest ones are. Continue Reading A Hospital Near You?